“The public is very smart if you give it a chance…If people think their voice actually matters, they’ll do the hard work, really study their briefing books, ask the experts smart questions and then make tough decisions. When they hear the experts disagreeing, they’re forced to think for themselves. About 70 percent change their minds in the process.”
Deliberative polling is an essential ingredient of building a new reality. It has the potential to revitalize culture, improve public discourse, and generate better solutions to our most urgent problems, because it relies on the collective wisdom of an informed crowd.
Ted Wachtel responds to David Heekin’s concerns about sortition in his “Pie In The Sky” blog post.
By Brett Hennig Over the course of 18 months, from October 2016 to April 2018, ninety-nine randomly selected Irish citizens did an incredible thing: They made policy recommendations to their government. And what’s more, the government listened and responded. The most well-known proposal put forth by this Irish Citizens’ Assembly was that the Irish constitutional […]
By Ted Wachtel Texas is famous for its divisive politics. Moderates are seen by many as spineless. Texas populist Jim Hightower says that in his state, “There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.” So how is it possible that Texas—one of the original gas and oil states—is now […]
by Ted Wachtel In the original democracy in ancient Athens, Greece, most public officials were not elected. Instead, they were selected by random lottery from among the citizenry, to serve as legislators, jurors and in other roles. Critics of democracy since the Greek philosopher Plato have argued that “the people are neither sufficiently informed nor […]